Let's travel historical Japan with Toukiden Kiwami!- The Age of Yore.

Let’s Travel Historical Japan with Toukiden Kiwami (Part 6) – The Age of Yore

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Ancient Japan: The Jōmon and Yayoi Period

Like the case for most civilisations, there are different stories regarding Japan’s founding. There are mythological tales. There are also anthropological, scientific ones.

The mythical version explains why Japan considers itself the Land of the Rising Sun. If you’re interested, I wrote modernised versions of these myths a while ago. You can read these here.

As for scientific versions, most experts nowadays believe the Japanese archipelago was inhabited since prehistoric times. During the Jōmon Period (縄文時代), which lasted from BC 14,000 till BC 300, a hunter-gather culture thrived, one that reached significant levels of cultural sophistication. Translated to mean “cord-marked,” the Jōmon period got its name from how pottery was decorated by impressing cords upon wet clay. In video games, the Jōmon Period figurine, or dogū (土偶), is often used to represent the era. The dogū is in various way, the most well-known face of that era.

Increasing contact with the Asian mainland soon led to the ancient Japanese learning new methods of farming and metallurgy. This eventually dawned the next historical era, the Yayoi Period (弥生時代). Compared to the hunter-gathering Jōmon Period, the Yayoi Period is distinguished by new methods of pottery and intensive rice cultivation. Of note, the Yayoi period got its name from an archaeological site near Tokyo, and flourished from Southern Kyushu to Northern Honshu. Historians considered it Japan’s Iron Age era

Toukiden Kiwami Travel Itinerary 6: The Age of Yore

The Age of Yore is the last battleground to become accessible in Toukiden Kiwami, and could be a wee bit depressing at first sight. Desert-like and rugged, it’s filled with caverns in which higher level onis lurk. As the game describes it, much of the battleground feels as if it would soon sink into the sweeping sands.

That doesn’t mean there’s nothing to enjoy, video game travellers! Archaeology enthusiasts would be delighted by the many examples of Japanese prehistorical architecture found here. To add to the ambience, immense dogū statues loom beside these settlement, and off the cliffs is the site of a massive burial complex. While this battleground might not be the most relaxing to stroll in, it is certainly one of the most educational. There is plenty to appreciate and learn from. Plenty of atmospheric photo spots too.

For a final time, your humble guide, me …

Toukiden Kiwami – Surroundings
Toukiden Kiwami – Surroundings screenshot

References

Jomon vessel in Tokyo National Museum.
Tokyo National Museum is an awesome treasure house of Jōmon Period artefacts.
Yoshinogari Site, Kyushu
The Yoshinogari Site in Northern Kyushu is the best location in Japan to learn about Yayoi culture.
Jōmon Clay Figure
A Jōmon Clay Figure. Shin Megami Tensei / Persona gamers would know this as Arahabaki. Mr. Physical Attack Repel.

Toukiden Kiwami: The Age of Yore

Let's travel historical Japan with Toukiden Kiwami!- The Age of Yore.
Our starting area. It’s a little depressing. But check out the swirling skies.
Let's travel historical Japan with Toukiden Kiwami!- The Age of Yore.
A quick note about the, erm, torii. This is historically inaccurate, and only here for atmosphere. Torii gates only appeared in Japan during the Heian Period.
Let's travel historical Japan with Toukiden Kiwami!- The Age of Yore.
Sculptures adorned by mythical rope are everywhere. FYI, the Jō in Jōmon means rope in Japanese.
Let's travel historical Japan with Toukiden Kiwami!- The Age of Yore .
Ah yes. Our reproduction of an ancient Yayoi Period Japanese village. We’d be enjoying a Fish BBQ Banquet here tonight.
Let's travel historical Japan with Toukiden Kiwami!- The Age of Yore.
Our most popular photo spot in the Age of Yore! I’m sure you recognise that famous face!
Let's travel historical Japan with Toukiden Kiwami!- The Age of Yore.
In Japanese culture, ropes are used to demarcate holy ground. Here, they surround an arena, where you could have some fun with our professional brawlers.
Let's travel historical Japan with Toukiden Kiwami!- The Age of Yore.
Again, hmm, such elaborate structures didn’t exactly appear during the Jōmon or Yayoi period. They are for ambience in this open-ground hunting facility.
Let's travel historical Japan with Toukiden Kiwami!- The Age of Yore.
A sneak peep at our upcoming attraction! A full-size burial mount. What would be within? Mummies? Treasures? An unparalleled museum about the Kofun Period. the era that follow the Yayoi Period?

More References

Rice cultivation during the Yayoi Period.
Rice cultivation during the Yayoi Period. | Source
Yayoi Period Worship Hall.
Yayoi Period Worship Hall at Shizuoka City Toro Museum | Source: Unmaokur

 


And that concludes our video game tourist tour of historical Japan! Once again, if you enjoyed this series, please consider getting a copy of Toukiden Kiwami!
Better still, have a holiday in Japan! Nothing beats seeing the actual sites, and imagining yourself battling onis within them.


 

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